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First County Bank Foundation Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

By First County Bank

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STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank Foundation announces the availability of its 2018 grant application for nonprofit organizations in lower Fairfield County. New for 2018, the First County Bank Foundation will only accept applications submitted online. The deadline for submitting standard grant applications is March 31, 2018.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must have nonprofit tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the communities of Stamford, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport. Since the First County Bank Foundation was formed in 2001, it has awarded individual grants exceeding $8.2 million. To submit a grant application, go to:

“Each year we look forward to receiving and evaluating grant application submissions and seeing the breadth and depth of programs that our local nonprofits provide to the community. For those first-time grant applicants, we have a convenient online application process and welcome the opportunity to get to know you better,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “First County Bank Foundation and First County Bank’s directors, corporators, officers and employees, take great pride in distributing charitable contributions to local nonprofit organizations to help assure community needs will be met.”

For First County Bank Foundation grants, special consideration will be given to those agencies/programs benefiting low-to-moderate income populations in our market. In addition, grant requests supporting specific programs will be given priority over requests for general operating support. Priority for grant applications include programs which:

· Support community and economic development such as job skills training and placement; initiatives to promote independence and self-sufficiency, meeting food, clothing, health and shelter needs; senior services and family support programs.

· Increase the availability of affordable housing and programs that support quality of life including supportive and transitional housing, housing rehabilitation programs and first time homebuyer initiatives.

· Provide educational enrichment for families and children including mentoring programs, summer activities, funding for college classes and parenting classes.
In 2018, all grant applications must be submitted via the online grant application.

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